April 29, 2008

IT'S A BOY!!!!!

Hi all! It has been a busy few days and time is just flying by! I have to go to the doctor again today which is almost an hour drive away because he is a specialist so I am not looking forward to that (it cuts into my stamping time!) BUT there is a Target and a Starbucks so that will make up for it - LOL! So, my husband came home and saw a project I had just finished for a friend who just had a baby and said, "hey, can you make one of those for xxxxxxxx at the office, she is having a baby and the department is throwing her a shower". So, I said sure, when is it, to which he replies, "Wednesday"!!! I swear, one of these days he will give me just a little time to plan - LOL! But, because I love him dearly, I went ahead and created this baby boxed gift set for his employee even though I have never met her and could not pick her out of a crowd! Now, I am going to tell you right up front, not everything I used is Stampin' Up! I had some really cute paper from Daisy Ds that is her baby boy line and I wanted to use that! However, where I could, I did use SU! products! First, the box. This is the top of a square paper mache box that I altered. The whole box, even the bottom is covered in designer paper - I used two different patterns from Daisy Ds - childhood plaid and butter polka dots. I love this paper, I think it is perfect for a baby boy (it should be, it's her baby line, lol!) Anyway, once the paper was adhered, I added some gauzy yellow ribbon to all the sides to cover the seams and a piece of lace ribbon to add dimension all around the box. Here is a picture of the side to give you an idea of what I mean. Notice that I cut the dp in diagonals in order to use both patterns on all sides - clever, huh *wink* I did this all the way around the box. On the top of the box, I also added the yellow ribbon and the piece of lace ribbon that you see diagonally across the tip. Then, I made a tag out of card stock, added some faux stitching, and stamped the duck from the Bundle of Love stamp set on the top. I did paper piece this little guy as well. The little blue tag is also a stamp from that set which I punched out with my small tag punch. I also added a Jumbo pewter eyelet and some beautiful burgundy and yellow gauzy ribbon to the tag. The chipboard 'b' is from SU! and I covered it in dp and added some ribbon. The flowers are inked with Bravo Burgundy ink and have a Brocade Blue brad in the center. I also made a matching card for the box using Nicola's sketch challenge. She was kind enough to let me participate with my SU! stamps - thanks girl! Here it is! I made a square card to match the shape of the gift box and I am happy with it. The base of the card is Bravo Burgundy card stock. I then cut a diagonal piece of each of the dp I used on the box, added to the BB, and faux stitched all around the edges. Then, I added a piece of Brocade Blue card stock, and a smaller piece of Bravo Burgundy card stock. I added two Jumbo Pewter eyelets to this piece which I laced with more of that yummy yellow ribbon (I think it may be May Arts but can't swear to it!). The image is stamped in Brown Stazon on Naturals White card stock, then stamped again on both of the dp. I cut the whole hippo out of one piece of dp, and then just the bow out of the other so he matches both - isn't he cute??!! I then stamped the sentiment in Brown Stazon, adhered the whole thing to a piece of YoYo Yellow card stock and did some more stitching. Lots of that in this project, and my hand really feels it!! Last, I added some more flowers that are inked with Bravo Burgundy and each has another Brocade Blue brad in the center. Now, because this is a gift, I went ahead and did the inside of this card. I cut a piece of Naturals White card stock and then inked the edges with Bravo Burgundy Classic Stampin' Ink. I stamped the verse and the little duck image in the same color ink, then stamped the duck again on the dp and paper pieced this as well! And, then, I was done! I really hope she likes it, it WAS a lot of work, but if I can bring a smile to her face, well, it will all be worth it! After all, that is why we do what we do - to bring joy to others right?? I hope you guys all have a fabulous day - now I am off to squeeze in a few blogs before I dash off to the doc!Toodles!

36 comments:

NattyK said...

This is gorgeous Alex, she will love it. x

Latisha said...

great set, i think all husbands sometimes have trouble giving us notice, like the other day my dh gave me a one day notice to his hail, I wasn't a happy camper lol...your husband's co worker is going to love this!

Manna said...

This is so so cute, Alex! I do like the yellow for babies although I'd go the traditional pink or blue first. Thanks for the inspiration outside the box. She will love it! Your hand OK? Enjot the shopping and coffee :)

Courtney Fowler said...

This is just adorable, Alex! Isn't it great how men think we can just pull things out of a hat when needed? LOL!

Great job on the fly! You go, girl!

Nikki Bond said...

Alex I'm sure she'll love it! They are both beautiful! Sometimes it's good to work under presure too!....maybe that's why your DH gives you no notice! LOL {SMILES}

Chris said...

this is a very cute set!!! you put lots of work into it. you did great under pressure...i live with 3 men and none of them give me any kind of a plan...>"<

Marlou said...

awwww, Alex these are adorable!!! how very sweet!!! hope all goes well at specialist!! enjoy your starbucks and craft shopping :) xx

corinnesomerville said...

This is sooooooo adorable !!!! I'm sure she will flip out when she sees it (may even bring some new connections your way:)! Keep us posted how it goes at the specialist today...I'm praying for you.

Love ya :)

Michelle said...

What a cute card Alex - I'm sure the receipent is just going to love it. The colors are so soft & subtle.

Dawn Easton said...

Oh Alex! That is super cute! LOL at the notice he gives...nothing like a little pressure eh?! Well you rocked it girl!
Hope the doctor goes well today! Enjoy your visit to Starbucks and Target ;)

Denise~ said...

Lovely gift Alex! You're too sweet to make something like this at the last minute too. I love all the papers and colors. Great faux stitching too. She's going to love it! :)

Dottie K. said...

This is just so darling. I'm sure she will love it. Love that paper. :)

gina said...

Gorgeous gift set Alex,
Gina xx

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Adorable! She'll LOVE it! I hope everything goes well at the doctor.

Jen Glover said...

Gorgeous Alex! Does you DH know how lucky he is? You are so sweet, and I KNOW a new mom will just treasure those!

Hope things go well at the doctor! and I'm helping you count down the days until you son comes home! yipppeeee!

Erin... said...

these are so adorable!! i'm sure she'll love it!! good luck at the doc's and enjoy target/starbucks! yum!

Denise... said...

Holy macaroni! Amazing. Adorable!

Melissa said...

So sweet Alex! I'm sure it will be cherished!

Many Blessings,
M.

Lauren said...

OOOooohhh! These are adorable. The plaid you used is so cozy too! Great set Alex!!!!!!

LuLu said...

Fantastic Alex. Love the layout and the colours you have chosen. Fantastic combination and that hippo is just soooooooo cute!

mochamama said...

sweet cards Alex! Hope everything goes alright at the Doc's! My DH says, "hun can you whip me up a card for __________." (I didn't put a question mark at the end there cause he really isn't asking me, hehehe) and he usually needs it right away! at least he thinks my cards are card worthy!

Carolyn King said...

Alex---this is so cute!!! what a great gift!

Flossie's Follies said...

One word - FANTASTIC,

My Paper World said...

Wow Alex! What a CUTE baby set!
I love what you did with the sketch,and I think that you do the best faux stitching! It always looks fantastic!
Thanks so much for joining in, and I hope that everything went ok at the doctors.
Hugs!
Nicola xx

Wendy said...

Very cute....I love it when the inside is as special as the outside!

have a great day!
Wendy
SBS9

Debbie said...

wow how gorgeous is this ... I love it all ...its really stunning .. loving the colours and that stampin up set .. fab Alex its all so cute
Debbie
:-)))

Deb said...

how sweet, I absolutely love the inside!

malieta said...

Oh....Alex......this baby set is adorable! You put a lot of work into this project and finished project is awesome.
malieta:)

Diane said...

Wow Alex!!! It's beautiful!!
Hope you get good news at the specialist and have a great coffee
and have fun shopping!!!

kathleenh said...

Alex, this is absolutely adorable! I'm sure she will LOVE it and who knows? Maybe a new customer for you!

Ila said...

Wow!! this is just Fabulous and So Cute!! I'm sure she'll love it!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

Oh how cute! I LOVE that yellow hippo!

Shannon McGann said...

What a stunning gift set! She'll love it! Don't you love it when DH springs things on you at the last minute!? Must be a testosterone thing! LOL! You did a fabulous job, even for having such short notice!

Rose Ann said...

These are just too cute!! Hugs!

debby4000 said...

WOW gorgeous gift set, beautiful colours.

Katie said...

This is a gorgeous set, how clever are you! I'm sure she will love it lucky girl!!

Katie
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